With Jamie Vardy almost departed to Arsenal, Leicester is heavily searching for a replacement. Troy Deeney is on Ranieri’s list, but Watford doesn’t seem too keen on selling its captain.
Its first Champions League appearance just around the corner, so Leicester is trying to look like a Premier League champion team on the transfer market. Vardy could be acquired by Arsenal, meaning that there is a spot open at Leicester, one that Claudio Ranieri is trying to fill up. A striker is needed and it looks like the Italian has just found the right man. Watford’s captain Troy Deeney is the forward so desired these days in Leicester.
The Foxes are offering £25 million for Deeney, but Watford, whose owners, the Pozzo family, also have a controlling stake in Italian side Udinese, are refusing to let go of their captain and last season’s second goalscorer. The 27-year-old striker has “bagged” 13 for his team in the 2015/2016 season, still six of them were from penalty kicks.
The England forward was signed from Walsall for an initial fee of just £250,000 in 2010, meaning that a huge profit is guaranteed for Watford if they choose to let one of their star players leave for Leicester.
However, according to The Guardian, Leicester are willing to increase the bid up to £30 million. This will make Deeney the third most expensive English player in Premier League history, with only Raheem Sterling and Andy Caroll having cost more.
Leicester’s fans are acquainted with Troy Deeney. He’s the player that scored the winning goal in that epic Leicester vs Watford 2013 Championship play-off semi-final that perished Leicester’s hopes and dreams to get on the “money train” represented by the Premier League. Three years later, there were only tears of joy on “King Power Stadium”.
In other news regarding the team, Burnley’s centre-back Michael Keane is linked to a transfer worth £15 million. An obscene sum for a Premiership player, one that Burnley wants to increase for them to shake hands with Leicester and let the defender go.